GlobalSpec, The Engineering Search Engine, Now Indexing Millions of Pages
of Research and Reference Content

Alliances With Leading Publishers Offer Greater Access to Important Published Works

TROY, NY – (BUSINESS WIRE) – 9/27/05 - GlobalSpec (www.globalspec.com), the leading specialized search engine and online community for engineers and technical buyers, has announced it is further expanding its content offering to users by indexing a broad range of proprietary research and reference content from some of the world’s leading technical publishers. This initiative serves to further enhance The Engineering Websm – GlobalSpec’s vertical search engine consisting of more than 200 million pages of relevant technical information.

Content being indexed includes documents from organizations such as publishing company John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the IEEE, and Knovel, among others. The indexing will enable the millions of engineers and technical professionals who visit GlobalSpec each month to discover appropriate resources and conduct comprehensive searches of editorial content, including conference proceedings, reference materials, research papers and magazine articles.

“By giving our user communities immediate access to these important research and reference materials, GlobalSpec has created a richer, better, more purposeful site,” said Scott Virkler, Vice President of Business Development for GlobalSpec. “The expansion of our content offering to include these materials satisfies a collective need among GlobalSpec’s users for very specific technical research.”

The agreement between GlobalSpec and Wiley allows for the indexing of journals and major reference works – including technical encyclopedias and handbooks – with future plans for technical books.

Through its relationship with the IEEE, GlobalSpec is currently indexing a proprietary feed of over one million technical documents, including journal articles and conference proceedings. The non-profit association publishes over 120 journals and nearly 400 annual conference proceedings in the areas of electrical and electronics engineering and computer science.

Additionally, more than 700 interactive and keyword-rich engineering reference books will be indexed through GlobalSpec’s agreement with Knovel.

“This indexing of important research and reference works further illustrates the power of vertical search in bringing targeted information resources to the engineering community,” said Leigh Watson Healy, Chief Analyst for Outsell, a leading research and advisory firm for the information industry. “Accessing research and reference materials on a given topic is a necessary part of the day-to-day activities of engineers and other technical users. With mounting competitive pressures within the research and design community, it is even more important that these professionals have a resource like GlobalSpec where they can access content that specifically meets their career-related needs, without having to waste their time poring through the information clutter on consumer-centric search engines.”

About John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., provides must-have content and services to customers worldwide. Its core businesses include scientific, technical, and medical journals; encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional and consumer books and subscription services; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley has publishing, marketing, and distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb. Wiley’s Internet site can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

About the IEEE

The IEEE – www.ieee.org – is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the advancement of technology. Through its 365,000 members in 150 countries, the society is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

About Knovel

Knovel Corporation - www.knovel.com - is a leading provider of revolutionary Web-based information services that increase productivity for millions of engineers, scientists and librarians worldwide. Knovel integrates more than 700 references from over 30 publishers into a virtual library embedded with analysis software. Knovel's intuitive platform helps researchers quickly locate data, analyze it, and export the results. Knovel is used by over 375 Global 2000 corporations, major universities, and government agencies in 50 countries.

About GlobalSpec, Inc.

GlobalSpec – www.globalspec.com - is the leading specialized search engine for the engineering community. Engineers and technical buyers regularly use GlobalSpec's trademarked search technology, SpecSearch®, to search by specification more than 85 million parts in 1,200,000 product families from more than 15,000 supplier catalogs. GlobalSpec also provides access to The Engineering Websm — more than 200 million pages of highly-organized, filtered technical content including products, services, standards, patents, materials properties, designs, application notes and proprietary content unavailable on other search engines. Suppliers representing their products and services on GlobalSpec gain a comprehensive marketing program designed to promote their brand and generate, track and manage highly-qualified sales leads.

GlobalSpec and SpecSearch are registered trademarks and The Engineering Search Engine and The Engineering Web are service marks of GlobalSpec, Inc.

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